This summer, Greenport Village will welcome aspiring filmmakers and actors from across the country during Manhattan Film Institute's fifth annual North Fork Summer Workshop series. The program will run Sunday, July 10th through July, 24th, and the 2016 workshop will include expanded course offerings such as cinematography, in addition to classes in acting and directing.
The participants, who were handpicked by the Institute earlier this year, will be creating more than 26 short films throughout the two-week program. Each actor will be cast in two films and their work will be on display for the first time at the Greenport Movie Theater on Sunday July 24th at 10 a.m.
The Manhattan Film Institute is a boutique conservatory that pairs world-class faculty with aspiring film professionals, helping to mentor the next generation of filmmakers. Writer, actor and producer Tony Spiridakis
, and his partner, Lisa Gillooly
, founded the Film Institute.
"Hosting the program on the North Fork means that we get to bring world-class artists to our idyllic corner of the world," said Spiridakis, who grew up spending summers in East Marion. "To have members of our community join MFI students in classes, seminars and screenings, it makes us feel that we are something back to the place we call home."
This year's enrolled students will have the opportunity to learn from professionals holding major film and television credentials, including Bob Krakower
, Chazz Palminteri
, Wendy Makkena, Bill Finkelstein, Shannon Goldman
, Tony Goldwyn
and founder Tony Spiridakis.
"We are honored to host the Manhattan Film Institute and provide an outlet for aspiring actors and filmmakers to pursue their talents," said Peconic Landing
President and CEO Robert J. Syron. "I invite the members of our community to join us for the celebrity screenings and support these students as they unveil their hard work."
This year's enrolled students will have the opportunity to learn from professionals holding major film and television credentials.(Courtesy Photo)
Classes take place at Peconic Landing's historic Brecknock Hall, with scenes being shot throughout the Village of Greenport. The public can benefit from the organization's star-studded East End stay by taking advantage of three free celebrity Q&A screenings at Peconic Landing. During each viewing, an actor, writer or director from the film will be on hand to answer questions.
Marcia Gay Harden
will present Pollock
on Saturday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. The actress won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lee Krasner
, Pollock's wife.
Bobby Moresco will screen The Graduate
on Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. Moresco won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Crash
and co-produced and developed 2005 Best Picture Academy Award Winner, Million Dollar Baby.
Chazz Palminteri will host a screening of Analyze This
on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30p.m. Palminteri stars in the film alongside Robert De Niro
and Billy Crystal.
The celebrity screenings at the Peconic Landing Community Center will also feature live Q&A sessions. Viewings are open to the public and admission if free. While the screenings are complimentary, registration is required.
Peconic Landing Community Center is located at 1500 Brecknock Road in Greenport. To register visit, Peconiclanding.com. To learn more about the Manhattan Film Institute, visit www.manhattanfilminstitute.com.